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Bix Restored, Vol. 4

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Just in time for the 2003 Bix Beiderbecke centennial, Sunbeam completes its collection of the complete Beiderbecke on three well-packed CDs. The set picks up the thread from volume three, with more marathon Paul Whiteman Orchestra sessions spelled now and then by smaller groups fronted by Frankie Trumbauer and Beiderbecke himself, gradually declining in frequency as the doomed cornetist's health starts to give out. Whiteman's relentless attempts to please everyone in his mass audience -- from kitschy classical arrangements to the usual bland, middle-brow crooning to bursts of reasonably hot jazz -- can be bizarre, sentimental, or audacious, often all at once. With the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Just in time for the 2003 Bix Beiderbecke centennial, Sunbeam completes its collection of the complete Beiderbecke on three well-packed CDs. The set picks up the thread from volume three, with more marathon Paul Whiteman Orchestra sessions spelled now and then by smaller groups fronted by Frankie Trumbauer and Beiderbecke himself, gradually declining in frequency as the doomed cornetist's health starts to give out. Whiteman's relentless attempts to please everyone in his mass audience -- from kitschy classical arrangements to the usual bland, middle-brow crooning to bursts of reasonably hot jazz -- can be bizarre, sentimental, or audacious, often all at once. With the Trumbauer groups, Beiderbecke assumes a higher profile, and the beat acquires more of a jump and occasionally something more; "Futuristic Rhythm" really does have a shuffling rhythm decades ahead of its time. The real centerpiece of the set is the 1928 world premiere waxing of Gershwin's "Concerto in F," issued originally on Columbia's classical "Modern Music" series with quaintly colorful Whiteman picture labels. The score, alas, was heavily edited -- especially the second and third movements -- to fit on six 12" 78 RPM sides, and the composer's orchestrations were rearranged and compressed by the ubiquitous Ferde Grofe. But the recording is loaded with period flavor, and it offers proof that Whiteman's orchestra contained a complement of versatile first-class musicians. Beiderbecke claimed that his featured written-out solo in the languorous second movement was his proudest moment on record -- and well he should have been pleased; his cornet has a slightly throbbing angst and a jazzy freedom that his classically trained successors rarely catch. By the 1929 sessions, though, Beiderbecke's tone begins to lose its pristine freshness, becoming a bit coarser in texture. The 1930 recordings with Hoagy Carmichael's bands, an outfit fronted by businessman Irving Mills, and another with Beiderbecke in the lead are fascinating all-star gatherings, but Beiderbecke is clearly on his last legs, still capable of passages of magic yet not as sure-footed as he was only a couple of years before. For the most part, Mike Kieffer and John R.T. Davies achieve remarkably uniform results in their transfers, given the diverse materials they had to work with. The CD sound doesn't have as much heft and depth as do some original pressings, but it's clear and ungimmicked, minus the usual computerized noise-reduction distortions that still plague some major-label reissues. The notes paint a poignant picture of Beiderbecke's last years, but there is scant commentary on the selections themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/2003
  • Label: Origin Jazz
  • UPC: 784554010127
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 7,580

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 American Tune (2:56)
  2. 2 Tchaikowskiana, Pts. 1-2 (7:57)
  3. 3 Bless You, Sister (3:13)
  4. 4 Dusky Stevedore (3:17)
  5. 5 Ol' Man River (3:07)
  6. 6 Wa da Da (Everybody's Doin' It Now) (3:03)
  7. 7 Roses of Yesterday (3:20)
  8. 8 In the Good Old Summertime (3:28)
  9. 9 The Sidewalks of New York (3:18)
  10. 10 Concerto in F: 1st Movement (11:31)
  11. 11 Concerto in F: 2nd Movement (7:31)
  12. 12 Concerto in F: 3rd Movement (4:38)
  13. 13 Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time) (4:16)
  14. 14 Gypsy (4:36)
  15. 15 Sweet Sue (4:36)
  16. 16 Christmas Melodies: O Holy Night/Adeste Fideles (4:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take Your Tomorrow (3:06)
  2. 2 Love Affairs (3:09)
  3. 3 I Can't Give You Anything but Love (4:47)
  4. 4 Rhythm King (3:25)
  5. 5 Louisiana (2:52)
  6. 6 Margie (2:57)
  7. 7 Concerto in F: 3rd Movement (4:34)
  8. 8 The Love Nest (3:03)
  9. 9 The Japanese Sandman (3:24)
  10. 10 High up on a Hill Top (3:09)
  11. 11 Sentimental Baby (3:03)
  12. 12 Where Is the Song of Songs for Me? (3:39)
  13. 13 Liebestraum (3:45)
  14. 14 Chinese Lullaby (2:49)
  15. 15 Futuristic Rhythm (2:58)
  16. 16 Raisin' the Roof (2:58)
  17. 17 Blue Hawaii (3:25)
  18. 18 I'm in Seventh Heaven (3:11)
  19. 19 Louise (2:56)
  20. 20 Wait Till You See "Ma Cherie" (2:53)
  21. 21 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home (3:01)
  22. 22 Little Pal (3:09)
  23. 23 Song of India (3:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 No One Can Take Your Place (3:10)
  2. 2 I Like That (3:01)
  3. 3 When My Dreams Come True (3:00)
  4. 4 Reaching for Someone (3:20)
  5. 5 China Boy (2:43)
  6. 6 Oh, Miss Hannah (3:21)
  7. 7 Orange Blossom Time (2:41)
  8. 8 Your Mother and Mine (3:05)
  9. 9 At Twilight (3:00)
  10. 10 Waiting at the End of the Road (2:51)
  11. 11 Rockin' Chair (3:30)
  12. 12 Barnacle Bill, The Sailor (2:49)
  13. 13 Loved One (2:56)
  14. 14 Loved One (2:59)
  15. 15 Deep Harlem (3:08)
  16. 16 Strut Miss Lizzie (3:08)
  17. 17 Deep Down South (2:56)
  18. 18 Deep Down South (3:02)
  19. 19 I Don't Mind Walkin' in the Rain (2:53)
  20. 20 I'll Be a Friend With Pleasure (3:07)
  21. 21 I'll Be a Friend With Pleasure (3:14)
  22. 22 Georgia (On My Mind) (3:10)
  23. 23 One Night in Havana (3:24)
  24. 24 Bessie Couldn't Help It (2:58)
  25. 25 Bessie Couldn't Help It (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bix Beiderbecke Primary Artist, Clarinet, Cornet
Bing Crosby Vocals, Humming
Hoagy Carmichael Piano, Vocals
Benny Goodman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Gene Krupa Drums
Eddie Lang Guitar
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Joe Venuti Violin
Frankie Trumbauer Clarinet, Reeds, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, C-Melody Saxophone, Vocals
Carson Robison Vocals
Ed "Snoozer" Quinn Guitar
George Rose Guitar
Bubber Miley Trumpet
Harry Barris Vocals
Larry Binyon Tenor Saxophone
Arnold Brillhardt Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kurt Dieterle Violin
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Harry Goodman Bowed Bass
Lennie Hayton Piano, Celeste, Drums, Harmonium
Stan King Drums
Chauncey Morehouse Drums
Bill Rank Trombone
Mischa Russell Violin
Frank Signorelli Piano
Austin Young Vocals, Humming
Dick Robertson Vocals
Roy Bargy Piano
Jack Fulton Trombone, Vocals, Humming
Harry Goldfield Trumpet
Min Leibrook Bass Saxophone, Bowed Bass, Upright Bass
Matty Malneck Violin
Mike Pingatore Banjo
Andy Secrest Cornet
Charles Strickfaden Clarinet, Reeds, English Horn, Oboe, Baritone Saxophone
Smith Ballew Vocals
Harry Gale Drums
Boyce Cullen Trombone, Vocals
Eddie Pinder Trumpet, Cornet
Wilbur Hall Guitar, Trombone, Guitar (String)
Charlie Margulis Trumpet
Charles Gaylord Violin, Vocals, Humming
Ray Lodwig Trumpet
Al Rinker Vocals
Mike Trafficante Upright Bass
Chet Hazlett Clarinet, Reeds, Bass Clarinet, Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Irving Brodsky Piano, Vocals
Rube Crozier Clarinet, Flute, Bassoon, English Horn, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Red Mayer Clarinet, Flute, Reeds, Oboe, Piccolo
Irving Friedman Clarinet, Reeds, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mario Perry Violin, Accordion
Wes Vaughn Vocals
Bernie Daly Reeds
John Bowman Violin
Eddie King Organ, Piano, sleigh bells
Marlin Hurt Vocals
Dee Orr Vocals
Lew Green Guitar
Lawrence "Bud" Freeman Tenor Saxophone
George Marsh Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Ian Campbell Composer
Franz Liszt Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Arranger, Composer
Eubie Blake Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Frankie Trumbauer Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Carson Robison Composer
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Harry Barris Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Will J. Harris Composer
Lennie Hayton Arranger, Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
J.C. Johnson Composer
Mike Kieffer Producer, Liner Notes, Remastering
Turner Layton Composer
Paul Mertz Discographical Information
Jack Palmer Composer
M. Pinkard Composer
Alan Roberts Programming, Executive Producer
Leo Robin Composer
Nat Shilkret Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Jo Trent Composer
Byron Warner Composer
George Whiting Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Frank Luther Composer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Dick Sudhalter Discographical Information
Roy Bargy Arranger
Matty Malneck Arranger, Composer
George Green Composer
John R.T. Davies Programming, Remastering
Ted Kendall Remastering
Joe Young Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Phil Boutelje Composer
Benny Davis Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Jacques Richmond Composer
Bob Schafer Composer
Dick Winfree Composer
Abel Baer Composer
Gus Edwards Composer
Raymond B. Egan Composer
Ferde Grofé Arranger
Charles Warfield Composer
Dan Levinson Pitch Adjustment
Randy Skretvedt Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Tom Pletcher Discographical Information
Charles A. Bayha Composer
Monty Collins Composer
Jessie Deppen Composer
Thekla Hollingsworth Composer
Robert Hood Bowers Composer
Phil Evans Discographical Information
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